5 Interesting Facts About Laughing Kookaburras

laughing kookaburra

This is a kookaburra looking for a snack to eat.

I want to write about laughing kookaburras today because I have seen them a few times in the wild and heard their laugh.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. They are the largest member of the kingfisher family in the world and their beaks grow to 10 cms long.
  2. They are found in open woodland areas throughout Australia and New Guinea.
  3. Despite being a member of the kingfisher family, they don’t eat fish. ¬†They use their large beaks to catch snakes, lizards, small birds, mice and insects.
  4. They don’t laugh because they see something funny, they laugh to mark their territory.
  5. They lay 1-5 eggs in a tree hollow and the chicks are born blind and featherless.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about laughing kookaburras?

21 thoughts on “5 Interesting Facts About Laughing Kookaburras

  1. Interesting facts, Hayden. Another one is that Kookaburra offspring help their parents look after their brothers and sisters for one or two years before they have young of their own. This helps them learn about how to successfully raise their young.

  2. We have been feeding 7 kookaburra at our back door it has delightful we know that Mum and Dad plus two younger ones with 3 babies which are quite large and every demanding. i think it was the young one from the last nest that come here first.begging at the back door first and let me feed it from my hand latter two can same size next Mum,Dad and 3 young ones . Only Dad and new babies will not yet eat out of our hands .We feed them on raw chicken and minced meat -hope we are doing the right thing for them -must admit I do love them and know they are wild birds and we are helping not doing harm

  3. please put more information you guess realy know your stuff but realy whats some information ive got a report on kookabaras and other australian animals

  4. Hi all – info seems spot on from what I’ve observed over the years – can anyone tell me why all of a sudden our family of kookas have disappeared ????? – we are really concerned as they were like part of our family – no real change our end and note we did not feed them as the habitat food supply is plentiful here in northern NSW – thank you – concerned kooka lover

  5. Are you sure they don’t eat fish? We kept some small fish in a pond – I wondered why they seemed to be disappearing… then my nephew – who happens to live next door with a window overlooking my garden, called me one morning to say he had seen a kookaburra swoop and leave the pond with one of my poor little fish in its beak – so I think the kookaburras around here have an appetite for fish if they are on the menu!

  6. Hi my name is Carlos and I love the Kookis ,there great birds I been feeding then for about a2 years now the mami wich I belive is a female flies over me from behind and land o the rail of the fence some times too close that is wind touch my ear ,I got to the fridge and take the mince wich I keep it on foil in small portions ,then I sit on my chair and she flies and landed on my knee or the arm rest of the chair ,I feed her and one day I notice that she flies out wit a bit of meat on her beak I stand up and she went to feed a baby he was very noise ,eny way later on a few come along and I had four of them sitting with me ,I got a couple of self videos with tem ,one more thing evry time she finish eaten she turn her back to me and make a sound and then flies out ,some time I feed them twice a day ,this is the second time on many years that I come across this wit kookaburras ,also I feed then from my lips and the are gentle

  7. Here im again Carlos the family has grow again and i got 3 babys kookas wich two of them flyng to my armrest on the chair and get feed the therd one just want to be feed from the ground the other day he or she flown nest to me with a tree frog and it was making very loud sounds i got closer to look and start bushing it against the rail of the fence and kept loud i thougth it may want to show me i can catch my own eny way still comes around

  8. Tok was bred here at Australia Zoo in 2001 with a large group of other Kookaburras. Tok and his brother Tik grew up very quickly, with all seven other kookaburras feeding the little ones several times a day. At about four weeks of age, both of these featherless critters were removed from the nest to be hand-raised. This was to help the birds become more comfortable around people so that they could be used in the Wandering Wildlife program. Fortunately for us, Tok showed a keen interest in flying and very quickly completed his free flight training. Tok loves doing his part in the show, and more importantly he loves keeping the Crocoseum clear of other kookaburras, because the Crocoseum is Tok’s territory and no other kookaburra is permitted to enter!

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